Saturday, October 18, 2014

Activist writes to PM, urges him to give go-ahead for lion transfer to MP

Activist writes to PM, urges him to give go-ahead for lion transfer to MP
Hindustan Times

With Narendra Modi scheduled to visit Madhya Pradesh on Thursday to inaugurate Global Investors Summit at Indore, environmental action group Prayatna has written a letter to Modi, requesting him to make the announcement at the mega event regarding translocation of lions from Gujarat to MP's Kuno Palpur for ensuring 'long-term survival' of the big cats in India.

The group has stated that if Modi doesn't make the announcement on Thursday and no movement happens on the translocation issue, it will be left with no other option but to stage a sit-in dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi from second week of November.

The group has already filed a contempt petition in July against Ministry of Environment and Forests and Gujarat government for not complying with the Supreme Court order on translocation of lions.

Wildlife activist and Prayatna secretary Ajay Dubey said if MP took care of people from Gujarat's Kutch who had settled in Kuno Palpur over three decades ago, it can also take care of Gujarat's lions. "Scientifically October to February is the best time for translocation," Dubey said.

"Wildlife lovers and activists not only in MP but across the country want Modi to fast-track the translocation of lions as per the orders or the SC," he added.

Dubey said that following the rejection of the curative petition filed by Gujarat government against translocation of lions, there was only one thing left now — translocation of lions.

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